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“Authentic indian food with great service”
Review of Indian Minar

Indian Minar
Ranked #14 of 35 Restaurants in Ashburton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Wharehine, NZ
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Authentic indian food with great service”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

We were in search of a quick lunch on our way through Ashburton and after reading the other reviews decided to give this place a go and we were not disappointed! To date the best korma & butter chicken we've ever had in NZ and we've tried lots of restaurants that are really good but this is our pick - shame it's so far from home! Friendly attentive service too.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank 2dobes
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English first
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Quite good.”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

This was our second visit and for lunch only. We find the environment pleasant and the service excellent. Comparing with our regular Christchurch restaurant prices, here are higher but still reasonable. However the choice of curries is much smaller with 3 vegetarian and 3 non only. At least popular recipes have been chosen for the meat versions, namely Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken and Korma. This reataurant in its website statement says they strive to make all dishes more "healthy" with much emphasis on authenticity. My wife is Indian and we always seek and know "authentic". Those dishes we have chosen thus far have been fantastic except that Minar has a fixation with sugar which spoilt my tikka masala completely.Evidently, this is to appease the local clientele but sugar and curries together does not gel. On speaking to the waiter he said if you don't want sugar simply ask for a "no sugar curry". However, my wife said sugar was noticeable in the naans also which spoilt it for her and is something we have never experienced anywhere else. Sorry folks but this is not authentic or healthy. Far from it. Due to other reviewers raving about the garlic naans we upgraded, for 50 cents extra each, They were not "delicate" etc but quite "chewy" and could not taste any garlic and scarcely even smelt it. Have far better naans at our usual. If an issue for some people, be wary of the bottle of water brought to your table. Ashburton water has chlorine in it and smells accordingly.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank AthleticChristchurch
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Mostly great”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Indian Minar has been our go-to indian restaurant for years. Sometimes the food is amazing, although it varies wildly and now and again we seem to get a bit of a dud batch. Tends to be on quieter, rather than busy nights. But, its always fantastic service. We had our engagement party at Indian Minar, hired out the top floor, and everyone raved about the food and were impressed by the service. It was very well priced - banquet meal, corkage and venue hire for 30 people for around $800!

Visited November 2012
Thank Alicia M
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south canterbury
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“very nice”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

First time here.. Recommended. Tastes like alot of thought had gone into the curries and Ive been to India 3x so appreciate their effort. Some dishes were abit over sweet for us ( esp the raita) but they were happy to fix this when come in again next time. ( they said that was for the locals?). and we will go back. Meat very tender and tasty. The BEST delicate naan I have ever tasted in my life ! The staff are lovely.

Visited January 2013
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Indian!! Tasted so good!!”
Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

The food here was great! We had take away and the servings were well sized. The flavours were really good and probably the best indian we've had since Hoi An, Vietnam.

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